A Fresh Interpretation on Net Neutrality

Contrary to the traditional understanding of the principle, network neutrality should ideally be applied whenever any network/platform (a) provides essential services/content; (b) users as well as innovators have become highly dependent on it; and (c) there are no effective alternatives (because of high switching costs or lack of competition). Only in this interpretation (net) neutrality can truly be seen as a precondition for a generative Internet. A mere application to the physical network layer (Internet Access Providers) would render the principle quite useless to prevent discrimination on the upper layers. The interpretation I propose, however, takes into account the gradual shift towards the cloud and more proprietary platforms, corporate centralization in general, and governmental fragmentation. In short, it prevents any player from exercising arbitrary and potentially detrimental control over upper layers.

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